Frightful Nightmare: Students at Christian boarding school kidnapped in Cameroon, released days later, teachers still held

Bamenda, Cameroon, Nov 6, 2018 / 11:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).– Armed separatists kidnapped 79 students from a Christian boarding school in Cameroon Monday. The principal, a teacher, and one other staff member were taken hostage Nov. 5 with the students aged 10 to 14 from the Presbyterian Secondary School in Bamenda, the capital of Cameroon’s…
Chinese authorities destroy two Marian shrines despite Vatican-China agreement

Chinese authorities destroy two Marian shrines despite Vatican-China agreement

Beijing, China, Oct 26, 2018-(CNA)—As part of an ongoing crackdown on religious practice in the country, Chinese authorities demolished two Catholic Marian shrines this week. The move comes just one month after the Chinese government signed an agreement with the Vatican regarding the appointment of bishops. (short video slideshow here) According to reports from AsiaNews,…
Young Woman from Beijing China Discovers Faith and Freedom

Young Woman from Beijing China Discovers Faith and Freedom

Beijing, China, Oct 30, 2018 —CNA– The first time Wenxuan Yuan visited a Catholic church in Beijing as a child, she was struck by its beauty. In the courtyard of the church there was a blackboard with a verse from the Book of Revelation in Chinese, “Do not be afraid. I am the first and…
Synod: Young Indonesian auditor brings unique perspective

Synod: Young Indonesian auditor brings unique perspective

Vatican News—30-year-old Anastasia Indrawan comes from Indonesia and is a member of the Youth Commission of Indonesian Bishops’ Conference. She brings a unique perspective to the Synod of Bishops because she is among the Catholic minority in her country. Anastasia spoke with Devin Watkins about this experience. No need to be afraid of young people…
Islamic radicals against parish charity work in Yogyakarta

Islamic radicals against parish charity work in Yogyakarta

Earlier this year, but not an isolated incident, the ongoing persecution of Catholic and other Christians who try to alleviate the suffering of others, in Indonesia, regardless of religion, demands our ongoing prayers. The following news story captures the reality of the situation well.  Jakarta (AsiaNews) – Groups of hard-line Muslims have been protesting the…